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Photo: Making a mark via #instagram

May 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Making a mark

 

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Video: Santa Cruz Island Trip with Friends of the Island Fox – May 3, 2014

May 6th, 2014 Comments off

Scenes from our May 2014 trip to Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion BayChannel Islands National Park with the Friends of the Island Fox.

You can find a complete set of photos from this event in this earlier blog post, Photos: Trip to Santa Cruz Island with Friends of the Island Fox – May 3, 2014.

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Animal and plants in this video:

  • Catalina Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia)
  • Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)
  • Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis insulicola)
  • Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
  • Wild Morning Glory (Calystegia macrostegia)
 

 

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Photos: Trip to Santa Cruz Island with Friends of the Island Fox – May 3, 2014

May 5th, 2014 Comments off

Scenes from our May 2014 trip to Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion Bay, Channel Islands National Park with the Friends of the Island Fox.

You can find a video montage from this trip by visit this blog post, Video: Santa Cruz Island Trip with Friends of the Island Fox – May 3, 2014.

Channel Island Fox on Santa Cruz Island

Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littorals) (view entire photo set)

Keri Dearborn of Friends of the Island Fox answers questions Hillside scene on Santa Cruz Island On the trail

Panorama on Santa Cruz Island

View all the photos in this slide show (view entire photo set)

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Video: Lake Balboa Cherry Blossoms 2014 – A Video Montage

March 25th, 2014 Comments off

As I do each year, I took some time to visit nearby Lake Balboa Park today to see the Japanese Cherry trees that bloom around the lake each year. We are in a drought year, so the bloom is not as vibrant has it has been in the past, but there was still many blossoms to photograph and video. Here are a video montage from this year’s trip. 

Cherry blossoms 2014 

 

You can view a collection of photos from this trip in this past post — Photos: Cherry Blossoms at Lake Balboa 2014

 

Photos: Cherry Blossoms at Lake Balboa 2014

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

As I do each year, I took some time to visit nearby Lake Balboa Park today to see the Japanese Cherry trees that bloom around the lake each year. We are in a drought year, so the bloom is not as vibrant has it has been in the past, but there was still many blossoms to photograph and video. Here are a selection of photos from today’s trip and a slide show of all the pictures. You can view each full-sized photo and the entire photo set on Flickr.

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View a slide show of all the photos

Photo: Malibu Sunset (Animated GIF)

March 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Another Google+ AutoAwesome animated GIF of a Malibu Sunset

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Event: Fly Fishing Expo 2014 at Fisherman’s Spot, Van Nuys – April 12-13, 2014

March 7th, 2014 Comments off

Flyfish expo

I saw mention of this on a banner as I was walking yesterday. Here is some info. You can find complete info and a flyer at http://flyfishingexpo.net/.

Fly Fishing Expo

Fisherman’s Spot

HOST
Fisherman’s Spot, Van Nuys

LOCATION
Fisherman’s Spot 
14411 Burbank Blvd, 
Van Nuys, CA 91401 
818-785-7306 

DATE AND TIME
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00AM 
until Sunday, April 13, 2014, 5:00PM

FREE ADMISSION!
April 12th & 13th 2014

SAVE THE DATES!

Join us for a fun-filled Weekend full of activities at LA County’s only Fly Fishing Show. Both Days will feature FREE video presentations from premier Guides and Lodges from Baja to Alaska!

Learn from the experts about regions all over the west, Sit down and learn from some of the finest Tyers in the Land, Check out FREE clinics offered throughout the weekend, Set up your Dream Fly Fishing Trip!

On SUNDAY the parking lot will be packed with Manufacturers showing off their gear and a huge raffle with all proceeds going to Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters. Raffle & Prize Info

Sat, Apr 12th Sun, Apr 13th
9:00am-6:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm

Presentations Presentations
Featured Fly Tyers Featured Fly Tyers
Guides and Lodges Guides and Lodges
Fly Fishing for Women Manufacturers
Michael Maloney – Joe Libeu – Learn to
Casting Clinics Cast
Specialty Classes

THE GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK!
Will be here Sunday to satisfy your appetite!

THE S’CREAM TRUCK!
Will also be here Sunday for a mid-day Snack!

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Photos: Trip to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Palmdale, California

February 10th, 2014 Comments off

We had a chance to visit one of my favorite museums this last weekend and I took a bunch of photos both inside and outside. Here are a few select items and a slide show of the complete collection.

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A complete slide show of all the pictures from our visit

Stillness, silence and sand — End of the Day for February 9, 2014

February 9th, 2014 Comments off

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Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone

     – Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell

We have known it for years, but we need to be reminded on a regular basis lest we forget. The city is a noisy place, even if your brain begins to block out the constant noise of traffic, helicopters and neighbors, the noise is still there. It is only when we get away from the noise that we notice it by its absence. We never realize just how quiet it can be until we get away, even for a short time.

Today, we needed to take Joe to an event in Palmdale, CA, far out into the Antelope Valley. While I sometimes can complain about the need to cart him everywhere, I was happy to oblige today. A trip to Palmdale would give me the opportunity to visit one of my favorite museums and also get away from the noise of the city for a few hours. We dropped him off at his event, did a quick meet and greet with the other parents involved and then headed off to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum about 15 miles further down the road.

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum is part of the California State Park system and has a long history. I won’t try to recount its entire biography, but will point you to this information on the AVIM web site – About the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. I try to visit the museum every few years and also encourage as many other people as possible to check it out. It is a unique piece of California history in its own right, but also seeks to share a better understanding of the native people who once populated Caliornia, Arizona and Nevada.

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

We started our day on a short nature trail that surrounds the museum itself and I was immediately struck by the silence. I often describe it as almost painful after a long time in the city. Your ears keep opening up, straining for sounds and — finding little — open up even more. After only a few minutes the wind can seem loud and boisterous and you can hear the cackle of the ravens as it echoes off the surrounding rocks. You can even hear the bees and other insects humming and, in some cases, even the sound of the blowing shifting sand. I can feel my body relaxing and opening up, just like my hearing. My shoulders slump, my brow unfurls and my movements slow as I gather the sights with both eyes and camera.

Once I am in a quiet place like this, I always wonder why I have been away do long. There are many places within an easy 1 hour drive of Los Angeles, that can offer deep, deep silence if we only take the time to seek them out. Even here in the city itself, you can find respites among the deep canyon parks and rolling hills. Even within a mile of the 101 Freeway, once you drop below the ridge line the noise dies out, leaving you hearing only rustling leaves, calling birds and the occasional scurrying of a ground squirrel, rabbit or coyote.

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

While today’s experience is still fresh in my mind, I want to encourage your all to seek out these places away from the noise of the city — even if you think you don’t really notice it anymore. “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” and I can guarantee you that you will notice, clearly, when the noise drops away, your ears open up and you really start to hear again.

I’ll post a complete collection of photos from today’s trip to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum very soon. Until then, check out these posts about previous visits.

Previous posts on the Antelope Valley Indian Museum 

A Places LA video from our visit in 2010

 

 

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Video: Wildlife: Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) – Silent

January 28th, 2014 Comments off

Shot January 23, 2014 in San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California.

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